NHS Designs

Op Art
A twentieth century art style in which artists sought to create an impression of movement on the picture surface by means of optical illusion.


Op Art by
Bridget Riley

· Blaze 4
· Movement in Squares
· Intake
· Fall

Bridget Riley Videos:

· Rhythm and Repetition
· The Battle of Light and Dark

Op Art by
Victor Vasarely

· Andromeda
· Opus 2604
· Zebra

Graphic Design Assignments

Assignment #11

Op Art
Due Date: October 2

Using a unique “checker-board” design using vertical lines and concentric circles, you will create a colorful optical illusion design in asymmetrical balance. It will have rhythm, pattern and movement.


Op-Art example set 1 Op-Art example set 2 Op-Art example 3

  • Start with a pencil and a sheet of white paper.
  • Draw wavy vertical lines across the paper. Careful not to draw them too bumpy or too close…simple is better.  Think gentle flowing waves.  (Fat worms not skinny hair.)
  • Off-center, somewhere on the white paper, draw a small circle (size of a quarter). 
  • Continue drawing concentric circles to the edges of the paper.
  • Now that the grid has be created, using a pencil lightly mark in every other space.  This is how to plan our coloring before the marker touches the paper.  (Pencil does erase, marker does not)  Start on the edge of the paper opposite from the circle and begin to mark your spaces to be colored.  Go slow and take your time.
  • Carefully start in one corner and begin to color in only the marked spaces with a single color of marker.
  • After all the spaces are colored in a checkerboard design with one color and the white of the paper, color in all the leftover white spaces with a second color.

Alternate Instructions for More Advanced Artists

  • Create a simple animal outline on a sheet of paper in pencil. Draw the animal(s) to mostly fill the paper. Refer to "Zebra" above by Victor Vasarely. Keep it simple! No more than two animals is best.
  • Draw wavy lines that work from one side of the paper to another. The lines can end up on the adjacent side or all the way across. Most of the lines should pass through the animal(s).
  • With your pencil, lightly mark with an x the spaces that will get color. Alternate spaces like in a checkerboard.
  • With a marker, color in the marked spaces.

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